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Definition of 'criminal'


  1. someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
       Synonyms: felon crook outlaw malefactor


  1. bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; "a criminal waste of talent"; "a deplorable act of violence"; "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"
       Synonyms: condemnable deplorable reprehensible vicious
  2. guilty of crime or serious offense; "criminal in the sight of God and man"
  3. involving or being or having the nature of a crime; "a criminal offense"; "criminal abuse"; "felonious intent"
       Synonyms: felonious

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